Legacy Open Mesh: Connecting Client Devices to A Datto Access Point’s Ethernet Ports



This article explains how to connect client devices to a Datto access point's Ethernet ports.


  • Datto Access Points


The Ethernet ports on the access points can operate as either network uplink port used to talk to the local network and internet, or as a wired client access port used to pass a wired client's traffic onto the local network.


The access point will listen for DHCP traffic on each Ethernet port, if it hears an active DHCP server responding to lease requests, then the port is set as a network uplink port. If it hears DHCP lease requests, but no DHCP server responses, then the port is set for wired client access. This is an automatic process, and cannot be manually configured.

When the port is set for wired client access, it will treat the client as if it was connected to one of the configured SSIDs. The SSID used is set under "Configure -> Advanced -> Bridge wired clients".



If you would like the client device to be bridged directly onto the local network, ensure "Bridge wired clients" and "Bridge SSID" are set to the same SSID.

Static IP Addresses

Since wired client access mode requires the client device request an IP address via DHCP, devices that use a static IP address will not work.


Wired client mode is designed to work with the client device directly plugged into the access point. Adding a switch in between the client and the access point will prevent the client from detecting if the link has gone down. Typically this results in the client device no longer sending DHCP requests after access point reconfiguration events occur, leading to the client device losing connectivity.

If you have a busy network where DHCP requests are made on a consistent basis, or you adjust your DHCP server to provide very short lease times, then this may work, but technical support cannot troubleshoot such setups.

Wireless Repeaters

Plugging wireless repeaters into each other is not supported.

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